GET THE PARTY STARTED
Punch is a fun, budget-conscious drink for any summer party. Most punches, well, pack a punch, so a little goes a long way. Aside from alcohol, punch recipes typically call for inexpensive ingredients such as citrus, sugar, and water or tea. A self-serve communal punch bowl demands far less prep and cleanup than individual cocktails and very little attendance, apart from an occasional top-off with ice (use one large piece, or the largest pieces possible, for a steady chill and dilution). For those who don't already own them, a punch bowl, ladle, and cups can be found in most secondhand shops, likely for between $5 and $20 for a full set. The following punches are full of flavor and easy on the wallet -- try one at your next summer soirée.